Whitney Houston ‘s death sent shockwaves around the world in 2012. The much-loved superstar was tragically found unconscious and submerged in the bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Paramedics were called and performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead. She was just 48.
A coroner later ruled that Whitney died by drowning and the affected of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.
There was much Whitney hid from her fans throughout her life in the spotlight, including her decades-long struggle with drug abuse and a secret lesbian relationship.
Film Whitney: Can I Be Me delved into the star’s secret sadness and the cause of her tragic downfall.
Documentary maker Nick Broomfield searched for the answers to exactly what killed Whitney.
He said: “In the end I think the divide between who she was and what her public persona was became more and more difficult. And she just went down, down, down.”
It was claimed in 2016 that Whitney was bisexual, and that she had a secret lesbian relationship with her assistant Robyn Crawford, but that she kept it quiet to avoid upsetting her mother, Cissy.
Whitney’s ex-husband Bobby Brown told Us Weekly magazine: “I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today. She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.”
Cissy wrote about her dislike for Robyn in her 2013 book Remembering Whitney.
In an interview with Oprah, she was asked if she would have been bothered if her daughter was gay.
Cissy snapped back: “Absolutely.”
Oprah asked: “You wouldn’t have condoned it?”
And Cissy said: “Not at all.”
She continued: “I didn’t particularly like [Crawford]. She just spoke too much, disrespectful sometimes, like she had something over Nippy [Whitney’s nickname], and I didn’t like that at all. She was all right, she turned out to be all right, I guess. That was her friend.”
Whitney and Robyn bonded when they were teenagers and worked together at a community centre in New Jersey.
Whitney was rescued from bullies by Robyn on a number of occasions, with the star being targeted at school when her modelling career began to take off.
And when Whitney moved out of the family home, she and Robyn moved into an apartment together.
It’s been claimed that deep into Whitney’s 14-year marriage to Bobby, Robyn was still very much a part of her life.
Whitney’s make up artist and friend Ellin Lavar gave her thoughts on the relationship in Can I Be Me.
She said: “I don’t think she was gay, I think she was bisexual. Robyn provided a safe place for her. In that Whitney found safety and solace.”